Shooting Sports USA - June 2018 - 27

ABOUT FTW RANCH

PHOTOS BY JOHN PARKER

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TW Ranch has 12,000 acres
nestled in Texas Hill Country
about 2½ hours northwest of
San Antonio. It's a first-class
facility that uses the wild Texas
terrain to teach students how
to consistently hit targets at 1500
yards and beyond. FTW's veteran
instructors (Special Forces veterans)
are able create scenarios that prepare
shooters, whether competitive shooters or hunters-
to always make the first shot.
During our two-day long range shooting school,
known as the Sportsman's All-Weather All-Terrain
Marksmanship (SAAM) course, we learned how
to use our Kestrels to true our rifles and build a
"worldwide range card." The classroom portion of
instruction was entertaining and informative. After
morning classes, we'd head out to the covered firing
points to shoot at what seemed like hundreds of
steel targets that peppered the ranch landscape.
Distances varied from 100 to 1500 yards and beyond.
FTW has a small fleet of Jeeps that we would deploy
in for excursions as a group, before splitting into
teams. We spent our time evenly between shooting

from covered firing points and out in the
terrain, using rocks, trees, etc. to gain
the stability needed for accuracy.
The curriculum emphasized the
importance of stability when shooting.
Use whatever you have to gain it, such
as your backpack; have multiple points
of contact to rest your firearm; breathe,
focus and pull the trigger. The instructors
really concentrated on making you better with the
gear you have available.
As a side note, the food is incredible. FTW has a
main lodge with kitchen staff that whip up breakfast,
lunch and dinner each day. Tex-Mex dishes dominate
the menu since, you know, it's Texas. The lodge also
has a common area that is great for rest and relaxation
in between shooting sessions, and for the evenings
when the guns are locked up-there's a bar and a fire
pit outside with plenty of cornhole tournaments.
Bottom line: If you wish to be outside of your
comfort level distance-wise, and increase your
shooting range, FTW SAAM training is an excellent
choice. These classes build confidence for long
range shooting; whether one is preparing for PRS
competition, or has a big hunt coming up.

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